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A Duke, the Lady, and a Baby
  • Author : Vanessa Riley
  • Publisher : Zebra Books
  • Release Date : 2020-06-30
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN Code: 1420152246

Summary: An Amazon Best of the Month Selection A Publishers Weekly Summer Reads 2020 Editors’ Pick “Smart and witty . . . the perfect historical read.” —Julia Quinn, #1 New York Times bestselling author “Vanessa Riley at her finest.” —Sarah MacLean, New York Times bestselling author “I was delighted. Readers on the lookout for Black or disabled characters in historical romance will not want to miss this.” —New York Times Book Review A ground-breaking, empowering, and sexy story from acclaimed author Vanessa Riley that fans of Beverly Jenkins, Evie Dunmore, and Alyssa Cole won’t be able to put down. Join these Rogues & Remarkable Women as they fight for their status, their families…and true love. When headstrong West Indian heiress Patience Jordan questioned her English husband's mysterious suicide, she lost everything: her newborn son, Lionel, her fortune—and her freedom. Falsely imprisoned, she risks her life to be near her child—until The Widow's Grace gets her hired as her own son’s nanny. But working for his unsuspecting new guardian, Busick Strathmore, Duke of Repington, has perils of its own. Especially when Patience discovers his military strictness belies an ex-rake of unswerving honor—and unexpected passion . . . A wounded military hero, Busick is determined to resolve his dead cousin’s dangerous financial dealings for Lionel’s sake. But his investigation is a minor skirmish compared to dealing with the forthright, courageous, and alluring Patience. Somehow, she's breaking his rules, and sweeping past his defenses. Soon, between formidable enemies and obstacles, they form a fragile trust—but will it be enough to save the future they long to dare together? “One of the best historicals I’ve read in years.” —Kristan Higgins, New York Times bestselling author “Expertly crafted romance.” —Publishers Weekly, STARRED review


A Duke, the Lady, and a Baby
  • Author : Vanessa Riley
  • Publisher : Zebra Books
  • Release Date : 2020-06-30
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN Code: 9781420152234

Summary: Created by a shrewd countess, The Widow's Grace is a secret society with a mission: to help ill-treated widows regain their status, their families, and even find true love again--or perhaps for the very first time . . . When headstrong West Indian heiress Patience Jordan questioned her English husband's mysterious suicide, she lost everything: her newborn son, Lionel, her fortune--and her freedom. Falsely imprisoned, she risks her life to be near her child--until The Widow's Grace gets her hired as her own son's nanny. But working for his unsuspecting new guardian, Busick Strathmore, Duke of Repington, has perils of its own. Especially when Patience discovers his military strictness belies an ex-rake of unswerving honor--and unexpected passion . . . A wounded military hero, Busick is determined to resolve his dead cousin's dangerous financial dealings for Lionel's sake. But his investigation is a minor skirmish compared to dealing with the forthright, courageous, and alluring Patience. Somehow, she's breaking his rules, and sweeping past his defenses. Soon, between formidable enemies and obstacles, they form a fragile trust--but will it be enough to save the future they long to dare together?


A Duke, the Lady, and a Baby
  • Author : Vanessa Riley
  • Publisher : Thorndike Press Large Print
  • Release Date : 2021-04-07
  • Category:
  • Pages : 539
  • ISBN Code: 9781432886059

Summary: "When headstrong West Indian heiress Patience Jordan questioned her English husband's mysterious suicide, she lost everything--her newborn son, Lionel, her fortune--and her freedom. Falsely imprisoned, she risks her life to be near her child-until The Widow's Grace gets her hired as her own son's nanny. But working for his unsuspecting new guardian, Busick Strathmore, Duke of Repington, has perils of its own. Especially when Patience discovers his military strictness belies an ex-rake of unswerving honor-and unexpected passion . . . A wounded military hero, Busick is determined to resolve his dead cousin's dangerous financial dealings for Lionel's sake. But his investigation is a minor skirmish compared to dealing with the forthright, courageous, and alluring Patience. Somehow, she's breaking his rules, and sweeping past his defenses. Soon, between formidable enemies and obstacles, they form a fragile trust-but will it be enough to save the future they long to dare together?"--


The Bashful Bride
  • Author : Vanessa Riley
  • Publisher : Entangled: Amara
  • Release Date : 2018-05-28
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 362
  • ISBN Code: 1640635629

Summary: A friend's newspaper advertisement for a groom nets the most famous actor in London, Arthur Bex. Shy heiress Ester Croome proposes to elope with the handsome man, who she's secretly loved for two years, in order to escape an impending engagement arranged by her overbearing family. Trying to outlive the shadow of his villainous uncle, Bex needs to marry quickly—to a woman of good character. And smart, beautiful Ester fits the bill. But a harrowing trip to Gretna Green and dangerous abolition rallies prove to be a more treacherous stage than either imagined. Infatuation and a mutual love for Shakespeare might not be enough to bind a couple looking to outrun the chains and secrets of family and the past. Each book in the Advertisements for Love series is STANDALONE: * The Bittersweet Bride * The Bashful Bride * The Butterfly Bride * The Bewildered Bride



For Love of the Duke
  • Author : Christi Caldwell
  • Publisher : Christi Caldwell Ink
  • Release Date : 2014-10-09
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 309
  • ISBN Code: 1944240012

Summary: After the tragic death of his wife, Jasper, the 8th Duke of Bainbridge buried himself away in the dark cold walls of his home, Castle Blackwood. When he’s coaxed out of his self-imposed exile to attend the amusements of the Frost Fair, his life is irrevocably changed by his fateful meeting with Lady Katherine Adamson. With her tight brown ringlets and silly white-ruffled gowns, Lady Katherine Adamson has found her dance card empty for two Seasons. After her father’s passing, Katherine learned the unreliability of men, and is determined to depend on no one, except herself. Until she meets Jasper… In a desperate bid to avoid a match arranged by her family, Katherine makes the Duke of Bainbridge a shocking proposition—one that he accepts. Only, as Katherine begins to love Jasper, she finds the arrangement agreed upon is not enough. And Jasper is left to decide if protecting his heart is more important than fighting for Katherine’s love.


Who Wants to Marry a Duke
  • Author : Sabrina Jeffries
  • Publisher : Zebra Books
  • Release Date : 2020-08-25
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN Code: 9781420148572

Summary: Stepsiblings in search of the truth about their mother's succession of beloved husbands--and their own surprising identities as eligible young nobles--are the endearing stars of this dazzling series from New York Times bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries . . . A past kiss with adorably bookish Miss Olivia Norley should be barely a memory for Marlowe Drake, the Duke of Thornstock. After all, there are countless debutantes for a handsome rakehell to charm beyond a young lady whose singular passion is chemistry--of the laboratory type. But Thorn has not forgotten--or forgiven--the shocking blackmail scheme sparked by that single kiss, or the damage caused to both their names. Now Thorn's half-brother, Grey, has hired the brilliant Miss Norley for her scientific expertise in solving a troubling family mystery. And the once-burned Thorn, suspicious of her true motives, vows to follow her every move . . . For Olivia, determining whether arsenic poisoning killed Grey's father is the pioneering experiment that could make her career--and Thorn's constant presence is merely a distraction. But someone has explosive plans to derail her search. Soon the most unexpected discovery is the caring nature of the reputed scoundrel beside her--and the electricity it ignites between them . . . "Anyone who loves romance must read Sabrina Jeffries!" --Lisa Kleypas, New York Times bestselling author


Never Doubt a Duke
  • Author : Maggi Andersen
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2020-06-03
  • Category:
  • Pages : 244
  • ISBN Code: N.A

Summary: Take an arranged marriage, add a damaged duke who doesn't wish to marry, and an independent lady intent on her own pursuits. Stir in an explosive, passionate attraction. Sparks fly!Welcome to book one in this exciting new series by Maggi Andersen! Read for Free in Kindle Unlimited!Lady Nellie Dountry, and Charles, His Grace, Duke of Shewsbury have had their hearts broken in the past. Neither is prepared to chance love again. When they are compelled to marry because of an agreement made long ago by their fathers, they are both determined to resist falling in love. Convinced that it's mere desire which draws them together, both are surprised by their jealousy. Nellie finds Charles irresistibly attractive, but other women do too. They circle like sharks. Aware that Charles's former fiancée who had broken his heart some years ago is now a widow and on the hunt for a lover, Nellie struggles to trust him while she fears she is falling in love with him. Charles was more than pleased with his choice of bride, but he wishes she wasn't so difficult to understand. One minute she's hot for him, the next as remote from him as a chalet in the alps. Why he wants to get close surprises him, he planned for his marriage to be little more than one of polite indifference. But Nellie is so dashed beguiling!The Never SeriesBook 1 - Never Doubt a DukeBook 2 - Never Dance with a MarquessBook 3 - Never Trust an Earl


When a Duke Says I Do
  • Author : Jane Goodger
  • Publisher : Zebra Books
  • Release Date : 2011-12-01
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN Code: 1420125486

Summary: Miss Elsie Stanhope resided in Nottinghamshire, an area so rich in titled gentlemen, so felicitous for marriage-minded mamas, it was called"the Dukeries." Indeed, Elsie had been betrothed since childhood to the heir of a dukedom. She had no expectation it would be a love match. Still less that she would enter into a shockingly scandalous affair with an altogether different sort of lover. And the very last thing she imagined was that the mysteries of his birth would be unraveled with as many unforeseen twists and turns as the deepest secrets of her heart. Praise for the novels of Jane Goodger "Gentle humor, witty banter, and attractive characters." --Library Journal on Marry Christmas "A touching, compassionate, passion-filled romance." --Romantic Times on A Christmas Waltz


Lady Saves the Duke
  • Author : Annabelle Anders
  • Publisher : The Wild Rose Press Inc
  • Release Date : 2019-02-06
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 370
  • ISBN Code: 1509224289

Summary: Miss Abigail Wright, disillusioned spinster, hides her secret pain behind encouraging smiles and optimistic laughter. Self-pity, she believes, is for the truly wretched. So when her mother insists she attend a house party—uninvited—she determines to simply make the best of it…until an unfortunate wardrobe malfunction. Alex Cross, the "Duke of Ice," has more than earned the nickname given him by the ton. He's given up on happiness but will not reject sensual pleasure. After all, a man has needs. The week ought to have been pleasantly uneventful for both of them, with nature walks, parlor games, and afternoon teas on the terrace…but for some inferior stitchery on poor Abigail's bodice. And now the duke is faced with a choice. Should he make this mouse a respectable offer and then abandon her to his country estate? She's rather pathetic and harmless, really. Oughtn't to upset his life whatsoever. His heart, however, is another matter…


The Bewildered Bride
  • Author : Vanessa Riley
  • Publisher : Entangled: Amara
  • Release Date : 2019-08-12
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN Code: 1640638474

Summary: Ruth Croome, a Blackamoor heiress, was supposed to get married in a gorgeous wedding gown, made from her father’s exquisite fabrics. Instead, they eloped to Gretna Green and upon returning, their carriage was beset by highwaymen and she witnessed the murder of her new husband. Now, four years later, with a child, she wants to move on with her life. A marriage of convenience will do. Ruth already had a love for the ages. Adam Wilky is really the heir to the Wycliff barony—which he never told Ruth. Too much danger. So many secrets. When he was nearly beaten to death and sold into impressment, he thought Ruth had died, too. Ready for revenge, he finally returns and discovers Ruth alive—with a son who could only be his—and she is furious to discover he lied to her. Now it’ll take more than remembered passion if he hopes to win his reluctant wife back... Each book in the Advertisements for Love series is STANDALONE: * The Bittersweet Bride * The Bashful Bride * The Butterfly Bride * The Bewildered Bride


The Haunting of a Duke
  • Author : Chasity Bowlin
  • Publisher : Independently Published
  • Release Date : 2018-10-14
  • Category:
  • Pages : 292
  • ISBN Code: 9781728796031

Summary: Praise for the Haunting of a Duke: "Omg! Could not wait to get back to reading this book every chance I could! Love the love story/fiery romance and mystery all in one! Can't wait to read the next 5 books in the Dark Regency series!"-Amazon Review "This story was so good it really deserves more than 5 stars. I was hooked from page one, I love a good HR but this was so much more. Murder, mystery, ghostly goings on, not to mention the sizzling attraction between Emme and Rhys I could not put this story down." -Goodreads Review "Stumbled across this book bought as a freebie some time ago and decided... What the heck, let's read this without researching recommendations.BEST DECISION EVER!!!Totally enchanting. The mystery and ghost elements added intrigue without being too spooky for my Christian soul. Lol"-Goodreads Review "From the first paragraph to the last I was entrenched with this story of love and hauntings."-Amazon Review "A beautiful blend of historical romance with a dash of mysticism, this is not what I was expecting. From page one, we are thrown into a story that is immediately intriguing, spurring questions that demand answers."-Amazon Review "What can I say but I really enjoyed THE HAUNTING OF A DUKE. If you like a dark, hot Regency romance with murder and mystery, a brooding, lovable Duke, ghosts (good and evil) and a sweet heroine this book is for you."-Amazon Review Communing with spirits has been both gift and curse to Emme Walters. Now it's made her a killer's target. Emme knows why the Dowager Duchess of Briarleigh invited her to a house party--to investigate whether the duke, Rhys Brammel, murdered his wife years ago. But Emme never imagined she would fall in love with the brooding duke. Branded by society as a possible killer, Rhys is suspicious of Emme and her alleged "gift." Then a late night encounter creates awareness of her other, more attractive, aspects. When Emme's life is threatened, Rhys becomes her protector. Emme and Rhys find passion and peril as they join forces to solve the mysteries at Briarleigh. She made him believe in spirits, but can she make him believe in love? The Haunting of a Duke is the first of six book in the Dark Regency Series. Each book in this series contains gothic elements, occult or paranormal references, and steamy, open door sex scenes.


A Duke for Lady Eve
  • Author : Kasey Stockton
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2019-11-23
  • Category:
  • Pages : 200
  • ISBN Code: 9781710729979

Summary: All she wants is to be a Lady. All he wants is an honest wife. After escaping to the garden for a reprieve from the stuffy ballroom, Miss Evelyn Trainor bumps into a handsome stranger through a hedge. When he boldly requests an introduction, she lies and tells him a fake name, Lady Eve, positive she'll never see him again. But when she returns to the country for Christmas and finds her handsome stranger--the Duke of Alverton--has moved in next door for the holidays, she does what she must to guard her secret. For he has declared the importance of titles and cannot find out she is a commoner. The Duke of Alverton has been taught one thing his entire life: rank matters above all else. Having recently inherited the dukedom, he is overcome by the inundation of matchmaking mamas and escapes to the country for Christmas. When he arrives in the country and finds the woman from the ball who not only intrigues him, but carries the rank of Lady, he knows he has found his future wife. Book 5 in the Belles of Christmas series, A Duke for Lady Eve is a standalone Regency holiday romance. The series can be enjoyed in any order: Unmasking Lady Caroline by Mindy Burbridge Strunk, Book 1 Goodwill for the Gentleman by Martha Keyes, Book 2 The Earl's Mistletoe Match by Ashtyn Newbold, Book 3 Nine Ladies Dancing by Deborah M. Hathaway, Book 4


The Duke and the Lady in Red
  • Author : Lorraine Heath
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Release Date : 2015-04-28
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN Code: 0062276271

Summary: Sparks fly in the finale of the Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James Place series, as the last wicked rogue meets his match. When Rosalind Sharpe gains the attention of the deliciously wicked Duke of Avendale, she’s torn between her distracting attraction to the notorious rogue and the knowledge that he—rich as Croesus—is the perfect target for a deception that will put her swindling days behind her. However, Avendale is no fool. After he discovers the tantalizing lady packing up to leave London with his coins in tow, he confronts her with a scandalous proposition: she can have all the money she requires…for a week in his bed. Desperate for the funds, Rose agrees, but on one condition: he must never question her motives. Avendale quickly sees beneath her mask and discovers she is more than passion and pleasure—she is everything he has ever desired. But claiming her requires he unveil her secrets and lose her forever. Unless he can put his own dark past aside and risk everything for a chance at love.


A Duke a Dozen
  • Author : Shana Galen
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2019-09-03
  • Category: Countesses
  • Pages : 422
  • ISBN Code: 9781687469892

Summary: They call him the Doomed Duke.Phineas Duncombe, ninth Duke of Mayne, should not be the duke. After all, he had four-count them-four older brothers! Phin never wanted the dukedom, and the suspicious circumstances of the eighth duke's death lead Phin to question the Countess of Longstowe. The beautiful widow isn't at all what Phin expected. He's intrigued by her and determined to seduce her. The countess is not interested in Phin romantically, but when she comes to him with another request, he can't deny it. A few days in the country with Lady Longstowe reveal two truths to the new duke. One, he cares for the countess much more than any other woman he's ever known. Two, Phin either has very bad luck or someone is trying to kill him.They call her the Wanton Widow.Annabel was barely eighteen when she was married to the elderly Earl of Longstowe. A harsh, sadistic man, the earl's death was not something Annabel mourned. Now in her mid-forties, Annabel enjoys her widowhood and has no desire to ever be under a man's thumb again. Not even a handsome duke like Mayne, who is far too young for her anyway. Annabel's one desire is to find the daughter who was taken away from her. For that she needs a man with power and status. She needs the Duke of Mayne. When the two are thrust together, Annabel struggles to fight her attraction to the charming Phin. She's losing the battle. But can she ever trust another man, especially with the one part of herself she's never given away-her heart?


Never Desire a Duke
  • Author : Lily Dalton
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2014-07-01
  • Category: FICTION
  • Pages : 200
  • ISBN Code: 9781455544172

Summary: "Lady Sophia has long been estranged from her husband, Vane Barwick, the Duke of Claxton, whose rumored list of amorous conquests includes almost every beautiful woman of the ton. Yet a shocking encounter with him in a crowded ballroom--and a single touch--are all it takes to reawaken her furious passion for him. But how can she trust the man who crushed her dreams and took away the one thing she wanted most?"--provided by publisher.


How the Duke Was Won
  • Author : Lenora Bell
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Release Date : 2016-04-26
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN Code: 0062397737

Summary: The pleasure of your company is requested at Warbury Park. Four lovely ladies will arrive… but only one can become a duchess. James, the scandalously uncivilized Duke of Harland, requires a bride with a spotless reputation for a strictly business arrangement. Lust is prohibited and love is out of the question. Four ladies. Three days. What could go wrong? She is not like the others… Charlene Beckett, the unacknowledged daughter of an earl and a courtesan, has just been offered a life-altering fortune to pose as her half-sister, Lady Dorothea, and win the duke’s proposal. All she must do is: * Be the perfect English rose [Ha!] * Breathe, smile, and curtsy in impossibly tight gowns [blast Lady Dorothea’s sylph-like figure] * Charm and seduce a wild duke [without appearing to try] * Keep said duke far, far from her heart [no matter how tempting] When secrets are revealed and passion overwhelms, James must decide if the last lady he should want is really everything he needs. And Charlene must decide if the promise of a new life is worth risking everything . . . including her heart.


Never Doubt a Duke
  • Author : Regina Scott
  • Publisher : Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Release Date : 2018-05-05
  • Category:
  • Pages : 246
  • ISBN Code: 9781718794719

Summary: After spending the last ten years following her late husband on campaign, the irrepressible Jane Kimball finds herself badly in need of a position to support herself. Marriage holds no appeal; she's not likely to find a husband like her Jimmy again. But when Miss Thorn of the Fortune Employment Agency offers her a post with the Duke of Wey, Jane feels drawn to help the lonely widower with his three daughters. He may seem a bit aloof, but Miss Thorn's cat Fortune approved of him. Why should Jane doubt a duke? Alaric, Duke of Wey, commands his staff, his tenants, and the halls of Parliament, managing vast holdings in England and across the seas. Why is it he cannot manage his own daughters? As an old danger rears its head, he comes to rely on Jane's practical nature, her outspoken ways to navigate the waters of fatherhood. And when necessity dictates he take a wife, thoughts turn to an unlikely governess who might make the perfect bride. This sweet, clean Regency romance is the first in the Fortune's Brides series. Previous praise for Regina Scott's work: - "Regina Scott's irresistible characters will win your heart." Eloisa James, NYT and USA Today bestselling author - "If the book has the name Regina Scott on its cover, it is sure to please. Highly recommended." Huntress Reviews Here's a taste: The duke's smile was wry. "You have no need to apologize, Mrs. Kimball. We disturbed your well-earned rest, invaded your privacy, and called you names. You'd have every right to tender your resignation." Jane returned his smile. "Oh, I don't give up so easily. Besides, where else would I have the opportunity to see a unicorn?" "There is that." His smile faded. "I'll speak to my daughters in the morning. I begin to see why the other governesses left." "Cowards," Jane told him. "I've seen too much to be frightened of a voice in the wardrobe." "I'm glad, Mrs. Kimball." Suddenly he made a face, making him much more human. "I wonder, would you mind if I used your first name?" That fluttering feeling was building again. She ought to refuse, keep her distance. Her mouth opened before she could stop it. "Not at all, Your Grace." "Thank you, Jane." Why was it she felt as if he'd caressed her cheek? Her first name was only one syllable while her last name was two. He was probably just being efficient. "And on behalf of my entire family, I apologize." He swept her a bow as if to prove it. "You have been like a summer breeze through this place, clearing out the cobwebs and chasing away the dark." How beautiful. Once again, she clamped her mouth shut against the words building behind it. "And perhaps we can dispense with the 'Your Grace' business," he suggested. Jane fidgeted. This was dangerous ground. The maids and footman were just down the corridor. Mr. Parsons the butler had to be waiting. But still she felt as if the world had come down to the duke and her. "I don't know your first name," she pointed out. "And I imagine Mr. Parsons would have apoplexy if I used it. Perhaps Wey? And only in private." "I will settle for Wey. I'll leave you to enjoy the rest of your evening. Thank you, Jane, for not giving up on us." She saw him to the door, closed it behind him, and leaned her back against it. She had never been the type to give up. She was more likely to ride the extra mile, take the high hill. She had fought against Jimmy's stepmother to marry him, fought for her place at his side in the field. She had never let anything stop her from achieving her dream. But when it came to her growing feelings for Wey, she knew an impossible dream when she saw one. Fortune's Brides: Only a matchmaking cat can hunt true love.


A Duke Like No Other
  • Author : Valerie Bowman
  • Publisher : St. Martin\'s Paperbacks
  • Release Date : 2018-05-01
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN Code: 1250121744

Summary: A 2018 Daphne du Maurier finalist First comes love, then comes marriage. Unless it's the otherway around. . . General Mark Grimaldi has sacrificed everything for his military career, working his way through the ranks without the benefit of a nobleman's title. Now, his years of dedication are about to pay off—with an offer for a prestigious promotion to Home Secretary. There's only one condition: Mark must be married. Aside from the small matter of not actually wanting to be wed, Mark faces another troubling problem: he already has a wife. Nicole Huntington Grimaldi has spent ten contented years in France without her husband—and without regret. When Mark asks her to return to London and play the part of his beloved wife, she sees her chance. But neither of them is prepared for news that will throw Mark's future into chaos...nor the undeniable desire they've rekindled. Maybe happily-ever-after can happen the second time around in A Duke Like No Other, the next Regency romance from Valerie Bowman. Valerie Bowman's Playful Brides novels are: “Wholly satisfying.”—USA Today “Smart and sensual...readers will be captivated.”—RT Book Reviews "Smoldering.” —Booklist


Schooling the Duke
  • Author : Christi Caldwell
  • Publisher : Christi Caldwell Inc
  • Release Date : 2017-04-07
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : N.A
  • ISBN Code: 1944240314

Summary: Book 1 in a brand-new Regency series by Christi Caldwell! There once was a gypsy’s pendant said to bring its wearer the heart of a duke. Some found love and others--heart ache. In this passionate series, clever, once-wounded, twice-wary women will find their chance at happily ever after…and maybe even, the heart of a duke! Schooling the Duke A lady betrayed: Finishing school instructor, Mrs. Rowena Bryant is hated by her students, revered by the headmistress, and absolutely determined to maintain her financial security. Deceived years ago by the only man she'd ever given her heart to, Rowena relies on no one but herself—that is the best way to keep her most scandalous secret. A soldier turned duke: When Graham Linford returned from war on the cusp of death, he discovered he'd been betrayed by the woman he loved. From that moment, Graham shaped himself into an unfeeling nobleman, refusing to ever suffer the agony of betrayal again. Now a duke, Graham is determined no one will ever discover the touch of madness that has haunted him since battle. Lovers reunited: When Graham finds himself named guardian to a young lady, the woman sent as a companion to his ward is none other than Rowena Bryant. With every moment spent together, their passion reignites, and the walls they've built to keep one another out begin to crumble. But when their dark past tests them again will true love be enough to repair their damaged hearts?


If I Only Had a Duke
  • Author : Lenora Bell
  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release Date : 2016-08-30
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN Code: 0349413754

Summary: After four failed seasons and a disastrous jilting, Lady Dorothea Beaumont has had more than enough of her family's scheming. She won't domesticate a duke, entangle an earl or vie for a viscount. She will quietly exit to her aunt's Irish estate for a life of blissful freedom. Until an arrogant, sinfully handsome duke singles her out for a waltz, making Thea the most popular belle of the season. Well, the duke ruined her plans and now he'll just have to fix them. Dalton, Duke of Osborne, is far too heartless for debutantes or marriage - he uses dalliances to distract from his real purpose: finding the man who destroyed his family. When his search leads to Ireland, the last thing he needs is the determined, achingly innocent Thea, who arrives in the dead of night demanding he escort her to her aunt. His foolish agreement may prove his undoing. The road to the Emerald Isle is fraught with unforeseen dangers, but the greatest peril of all might just be discovering that he has a heart . . . and he's losing it to Thea. Praise for Lenora Bell: 'Message to my readers: You'll love Lenora Bell!' Eloisa James, New York Times bestselling author 'How the Duke was Won is exciting and emotional - evocative of the best of the genre. If you've been looking for a bold, new voice in historical romance, the search ends here. Lenora Bell is it!' Sarah MacLean 'Fresh, flirty, and fabulous! The new Belle of Historical Romance!' Kerrelyn Sparks 'RWA Golden Heart winner Bell's debut romance, the first in her Disgraceful Dukes series, is a knockout with its seductive combination of breathtakingly sexy romance, a refreshingly unconventional hero and heroine, and clever writing infused with droll wit' Starred review from Booklist 'Everything that made me first fall in love with historical romances while still being new and different. Trust me...you've been waiting for Lenora Bell' Sophie Jordan, New York Times bestselling author 'Hooked me from page one with its humour, emotion, and captivating characters. Lenora Bell is a true delight to read' Lorraine Heath, USA Today bestselling author 'A winning tale in which disreputable but charming protagonists bond over a shared passion for righting social injustices....Colourful supporting characters, plentiful plot twists, and the trials of star-crossed lovers make for a sizzling and heartwarming page-turner' Starred review from Publishers Weekly 'Fierce and full of surprises...this spicy romance will delight fans of the genre. Bell has found a new avenue to the happily-ever-after of the Regency era. Bold and sweet as good chocolate, this debut romance will give Regency fans a new author for their must-read list' Starred review from Kirkus


Duke of Midnight
  • Author : Elizabeth Hoyt
  • Publisher : Piatkus Books
  • Release Date : 2013
  • Category: Great Britain
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN Code: 9780749958176

Summary: WHEN A MASKED MAN . . . Twenty years ago Maximus Batten witnessed the brutal murders of his parents. Now the autocratic Duke of Wakefield, he spends his days ruling Parliament. But by night, disguised as the Ghost of St. Giles, he prowls the grim alleys of St. Giles, ever on the hunt for the murderer. One night he finds a fiery woman who meets him toe-to-toe-and won't back down . . . MEETS HIS MATCH . . . Artemis Greaves toils as a lady's companion, but hiding beneath the plain brown serge of her dress is the heart of a huntress. When the Ghost of St. Giles rescues her from footpads, she recognizes a kindred spirit. She's even more intrigued when she realizes who exactly the notorious Ghost is by day . . . FIREWORKS WILL FOLLOW Artemis makes a bold move: she demands that Maximus use his influence to free her imprisoned brother-or she will expose him as the Ghost. But blackmailing a powerful duke isn't without risks. Now that she has the tiger by the tail, can she withstand his ire-or the temptation of his embrace? The sixth novel in Elizabeth Hoyt's bestselling Georgian Maiden Lane series


To Enchant a Wicked Duke
  • Author : Christi Caldwell
  • Publisher : Christi Caldwell Inc
  • Release Date : 2017-01-14
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 302
  • ISBN Code: 1944240292

Summary: A Devil in Disguise Years ago, when Nick Tallings, the recent Duke of Huntly, watched his family destroyed at the hands of a merciless nobleman, he vowed revenge. But his efforts had been futile, as his enemy, Lord Rutland is without weakness. Until now... With his rival finally happily married, Nick is able to set his ruthless scheme into motion. His plot hinges upon Lord Rutland's innocent, empty-headed sister-in-law, Justina Barrett. Nick will ruin her, marry her, and then leave her brokenhearted. A Lady Dreaming of Love From the moment Justina Barrett makes her Come Out, she is labeled a Diamond. Even with her ruthless father determined to sell her off to the highest bidder, Justina never gives up on her hope for a good, honorable gentleman who values her wit more than her looks. A Not-So-Chance Meeting Nick's ploy to ensnare Justina falls neatly into place in the streets of London. With each carefully orchestrated encounter, he slips further and further inside the lady's heart, never anticipating that Justina, with her quick wit and strength, will break down his own defenses. As Nick's plans begins to unravel, he's left to determine which is more important--Justina's love or his vow for vengeance. But can Justina ever forgive the duke who deceived her?


A Dark & Stormy Knight
  • Author : Kerrigan Byrne
  • Publisher : Victorian Rebels
  • Release Date : 2020-06-02
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 266
  • ISBN Code: 9781648390074

Summary: This Knight of the Crown is driven by a painful past and a patient fury... and his entire life is a lie. Sir Carlton Morley is famously possessed of extraordinary will, singular focus, and a merciless sense of justice. As a man, he secured his fortune and his preeminence as Scotland Yard's ruthless Chief Inspector. As a decorated soldier, he was legend for his unflinching trigger finger, his precision in battle, and his imperturbable strength. But as a boy, he was someone else. A twin, a thief, and a murderer, until tragedy reshaped him. Now he stalks the night, in search of redemption and retribution, vowing to never give into temptation, as it's just another form of weakness. Until temptation lands--quite literally--in his lap, taking the form of Prudence Goode. Prim and proper Pru is expected to live a life of drudgery, but before she succumbs to her fate, she craves just one night of desire. On the night she searches for it, she stumbles upon a man made of shadows, muscle and wrath... And decides he is the one. When their firestorm of passion burns out of control, Morley discovers, too late, that he was right. The tempting woman has become his weakness. A weakness his enemies can use against him.


The Bittersweet Bride
  • Author : Vanessa Riley
  • Publisher : Entangled: Amara
  • Release Date : 2018-01-29
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 200
  • ISBN Code: 1640634657

Summary: Widow Theodosia Cecil is determined to protect her young son. If that means advertising in the newspaper for a husband to make sure her child’s newfound inheritance stays safe, well, that’s what she’s going to do. What she didn’t count on was Ewan Fitzwilliam coming back into her life at the worst possible time. Ewan has been at war for six years, and while he tries to fight his attraction to Theo, the woman he believed betrayed him, he can’t understand why she wants nothing to do with him. She definitely has secrets, and he’s determined to find out what is going on. But evil machinations at work are doing their best to keep Theo and Ewan apart... Each book in the Advertisements for Love series is STANDALONE: * The Bittersweet Bride * The Bashful Bride * The Butterfly Bride * The Bewildered Bride


Unmasked Heart
  • Author : Vanessa Riley
  • Publisher : Gallium Optronics
  • Release Date : 2015-06-10
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 412
  • ISBN Code: 9780990743767

Summary: Shy, nearsighted caregiver, Gaia Telfair always wondered why her father treated her a little differently from her siblings, but she never guessed she couldn't claim his love because of a family secret, her illicit birth. With everything she knows to be true evaporating before her spectacles, can the mulatto passing for white survive being exposed and shunned by a powerful duke who has taken an interest in her? Ex-warrior, William St. Landon, the Duke of Cheshire, will do anything to protect his mute daughter from his late wife's scandals. With a blackmailer at large, hiding in a small village near the cliffs of Devonshire seems the best option, particularly since he can gain help from the talented Miss Telfair, who has the ability to help children speak. If only he could do a better job at shielding his heart from the young lady, whose honest hazel eyes see through his jests as her tender lips challenge his desire to remain a single man.


The Foundling
  • Author : Georgette Heyer
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2011-02-28
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN Code: 1446456668

Summary: A pulse-racing story of Regency romance from one of our best-known and most beloved historical novelists. The shy, young Duke of Sale has never known his parents, Instead, his Grace Adolphus Gillespie Vernon Ware (Gilly for short) has endured twenty-four years of rigorous mollycoddling form his uncle and valet. But his natural diffidence conceals a rebellious spirit. So when Gilly hears of Belinda, the beautiful foundling who appears to be blackmailing his cousin, he absconds with glee. No sooner has he entered this new and dangerous world than he is plunged into a frenzy of intrigue, kidnap and adventure ... For over fifty years, Georgette Heyer was the undisputed queen of historical, romantic fiction. The Foundling shows all of her wonderful talents at their best, and how she won a huge audience that continues to this day.


The Butterfly Bride
  • Author : Vanessa Riley
  • Publisher : Entangled: Amara
  • Release Date : 2018-10-22
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 401
  • ISBN Code: 1640636382

Summary: Frederica Burghley wants to be married by Yuletide. Or else her father will set her up with one of his friends. The bonbon-loving illegitimate daughter of the duke wants to choose her own husband. Advertising in the newspaper seems like the way to go. But a sinister response, with threats against her life, leads her to enlist the help of her very handsome, dear friend Jasper Fitzwilliam, Lord Hartwell. A father and widower, Jasper is not only tasked with keeping Frederica safe but also with helping his vibrant friend choose a suitable husband. The more he tries to keep the ever-surprising woman alive and find her a good match, the more Jasper realizes he cares for her. The two friends risk their lives for each other, so they should be able to risk their feelings for a chance at a deep and true love together. But he's not looking for marriage and she's not looking for convenience. Each book in the Advertisements for Love series is STANDALONE: * The Bittersweet Bride * The Bashful Bride * The Butterfly Bride * The Bewildered Bride


The Duke is Mine
  • Author : Eloisa James
  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release Date : 2011-12-29
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN Code: 0748128832

Summary: 'Nothing gets me to a bookstore faster than Eloisa James' - Julia Quinn Once upon a time, not so very long ago... Tarquin, the powerful Duke of Sconce, knows perfectly well that the decorous and fashionably slender Georgiana Lytton will make him a proper duchess. So why can't he stop thinking about her twin sister, the curvy, headstrong, and altogether unconventional Olivia? Not only is Olivia betrothed to another man, but their improper - albeit intoxicating - flirtation makes her unsuitability all the more clear. Determined to make a perfect match, he methodically cuts Olivia from his thoughts, allowing logic and duty to triumph over passion . . . until, in his darkest hour, Tarquin begins to question whether perfection has anything to do with love. To win Olivia's hand he would have to give up all the beliefs he holds most dear, and surrender heart, body and soul - but it may already be too late. 'Eloisa James is extraordinary' - Lisa Kleypas 'Romance writing does not get much better than this' - People


A Duke by Any Other Name
  • Author : Grace Burrowes
  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release Date : 2020-04-28
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN Code: 034942506X

Summary: 'Grace Burrowes is terrific!' Julia Quinn 'Grace Burrowes is a romance treasure' Tessa Dare A difficult duke, a determined lady and too many secrets . . . Nathaniel, Duke of Rothhaven, lives in seclusion, leaving his property only to gallop his demon-black steed across the moors by moonlight. Exasperated mamas invoke his name to frighten small children, though Nathaniel is truly a decent man -- maybe too decent for his own good. That's precisely why he must turn away the beguiling woman demanding his help. Lady Althea Wentworth has little patience for dukes, reclusive or otherwise, but she needs Rothhaven's backing to gain entrance into Polite Society. She's asked him nicely, she's called on him politely, all to no avail -- until her prize hogs just happen to plunder the ducal orchard. He longs for privacy. She's vowed to never endure another ball as a wallflower. Yet as the two grow closer, it soon becomes clear they might both be pretending to be something they're not. A Rogues to Riches book Find out why readers LOVE Grace Burrowes 'Smart, sexy, and oh-so romantic' Mary Balogh 'Wonderfully funny, moving romance, not to be missed!' Eloisa James 'If you're not reading Grace Burrowes you're missing the very best in today's Regency Romance!' Elizabeth Hoyt 'Burrowes is a writer of towering talent' USA Today Happy Ever After


Miss Amelia Lands a Duke
  • Author : Sandy Raven
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2014-10-01
  • Category:
  • Pages : 144
  • ISBN Code: 9781939359117

Summary: Caught kissing a man she believes within her reach socially, Amelia discovers he isn't. Not only that, he is same man her widowed aunt has been stalking all season. When the Duke of Caversham realizes who Amelia is, he does the honorable thing and offers for her. Only Amelia's pride will not allow her to be forced onto any man in marriage. Cav must then convince Amelia that she is the only woman he wants for the rest of his life.


A Gentleman in Moscow
  • Author : Amor Towles
  • Publisher : Lulu Press, Inc
  • Release Date : 2016-08-11
  • Category:
  • Pages : N.A
  • ISBN Code: 1716536510

Summary: "The book moves briskly from one crisp scene to the next, and ultimately casts a spell as captivating as Rules of Civility, a book that inhales you into its seductively Gatsby-esque universe." —Town & Country From the New York Times bestselling author of Rules of Civility—a transporting novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel With his breakout debut novel, Rules of Civility, Amor Towles established himself as a master of absorbing, sophisticated fiction, bringing late 1930s Manhattan to life with splendid atmosphere and a flawless command of style. Readers and critics were enchanted; as NPR commented, "Towles writes with grace and verve about the mores and manners of a society on the cusp of radical change." A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in another elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an...


The Boyfriend Project
  • Author : Farrah Rochon
  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release Date : 2020-06-09
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN Code: 1472273818

Summary: If you love Helen Hoang, Abby Jimenez and Talia Hibbert, you'll LOVE Farrah Rochon! One of Cosmopolitan's '12 Books You'll Be Desperate to Read This Summer' and one of OprahMag.com's '38 Romance Novels That Are Set to Be the Best of 2020'! 'A prime example of how complex and insightful romances can be' Jasmine Guillory 'Relatable and real... I smiled the whole time I was reading' Andie J. Christopher 'The free-spirited, tell-it-like-it-is page-turner you've been looking for!' Kwana Jackson What happens when three women discover, thanks to the live tweeting of a disastrous date, that they've all been duped by the same man? They become friends of course! Three friends. One pact. And a temptation to break the rules... Samiah Brooks never thought she would be 'that' girl. But a live tweet of a horrific date reveals the painful truth: she's been catfished by her three-timing jerk of a boyfriend. Suddenly Samiah - along with the two other 'girlfriends', London and Taylor - have gone viral. Now the three new besties are making a six-month pact: no men, no dating, just time to focus on themselves. This means Samiah can finally focus on her exciting career in app development - so having the deliciously sexy and distracting Daniel Collins walk into her office definitely isn't part of her plan... But is Daniel really boyfriend material - or is he simply too good to be true? 'A multilayered story about friendship, love, and following your dreams - all of it told with heart and emotion' Nalini Singh 'Funny, fresh, sexy, and heartfelt. This is my new favorite romance series' Suzanne Brockmann 'A smart, funny digital-age romance about real women living in the real world. Couldn't put it down!' Abby Jimenez 'A masterpiece of modern-day Jane Austen with effortless, razor-sharp social commentary, romance, and humor. Farrah Rochon is one of the absolute best romance writers today. Period' Kristan Higgins 'Swoon-worthy romance, the power of true friendship, and a grand gesture that makes your heart sigh with pure satisfaction. Absolutely a must-read summer romance!' Priscilla Oliveras 'Rochon is a romance master who adeptly writes interesting and dynamic characters... A richly layered conflict adds depth and complexity to this charming workplace romance' Kirkus


Beyond Scandal and Desire
  • Author : Lorraine Heath
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Release Date : 2018-01-30
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN Code: 0062676016

Summary: At birth, Mick Trewlove, the illegitimate son of a duke, was handed over to a commoner. Despite his lowly upbringing, Mick has become a successful businessman, but all his wealth hasn’t satisfied his need for revenge against the man who still won’t acknowledge him. What else can Mick do but destroy the duke’s legitimate son—and woo the heir’s betrothed into his own unloving arms . . . Orphaned and sheltered, Lady Aslyn Hastings longs for a bit of adventure. With her intended often preoccupied, Aslyn finds herself drawn to a darkly handsome entrepreneur who seems to understand her so well. Surely a lady of her station should avoid Mick Trewlove. If only he weren’t so irresistible . . . As secrets are about to be exposed, Mick must decide if his plan for vengeance is worth risking what his heart truly desires.


About a Rogue (Bonus Short Story Included)
  • Author : Caroline Linden
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Release Date : 2020-06-30
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN Code: 0062913638

Summary: Includes an exclusive bonus short story! The first book in the new series Desperately Seeking Duke from USA Today bestselling and RITA award-winning author Caroline Linden. It’s no love match… Bianca Tate is horrified when her sister Cathy is obliged to accept an offer of marriage from Maximilian St. James, notorious rake. Defiantly she helps Cathy elope with her true love, and takes her sister’s place at the altar. It’s not even the match that was made… Perched on the lowest branch of his family tree, Max has relied on charm and cunning to survive. But an unexpected stroke of luck gives him an outside chance at a dukedom—and which Tate sister he weds hardly seems to matter. But could it be the perfect match? Married or not, Bianca is determined to protect her family’s prosperous ceramics business, even when Max shows an affinity for it—not to mention a dangerous ability to intrigue and tempt Bianca herself. And when Max realizes how beautiful and intelligent and desirable Bianca is, he’ll have to prove he’s no rogue, but the passionately devoted husband she craves…


Whom Shall I Marry... An Earl or A Duke?
  • Author : Laura A. Barnes
  • Publisher : Laura A. Barnes
  • Release Date : 2019-07-23
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : N.A
  • ISBN Code: N.A

Summary: An afternoon spent in disguise leads to a passion that … She wanted to explore the promise of his kiss. He wanted to persuade her to become his mistress. Will a case of mistaken identity lead to a marriage of love? While trying to prevent her friend from a scandal Sophia Turlington becomes entangled in her own. As she waits for her friend in a brothel, a duke mistakes her for a harlot. When he requests an arrangement, Sophia decides to explore the passion he awakens in her soul. Her only stipulations for the affair are a mask, one week, and he must never discover her true identity. Can Sophia give him her heart and walk away as if their time never affected her? Alexander Langley’s life as a prominent duke will soon come to an end unless he can acquire a duchess whose family can support him through a scandal. When he meets a violet-eyed temptress that awakens his every desire his search comes to a halt. As they explore their passion, he loses his heart to a woman he can never marry. Will Alex put aside his status in the ton for a love to last a lifetime? Throughout the season Lady Sophia Turlington and Alexander Langley, the Duke of Sheffield’s dislike for one another is known to all. A chance encounter throws them together as Alex and ‘Violet’. After their time ends, Sophia wants Alex to see her for herself. If not, then she might as well accept her friend’s marriage proposal. Can Alex overcome Sophia’s deceit? Or will his need for revenge destroy the love she holds for him? Whom Shall I Marry… An Earl or A Duke? is the second novel in Laura A. Barnes’s steamy historical romance series. If you enjoy a story filled with passion and secrets set in Regency England, then you must read Sophia and Alex’s journey toward love. Unlock Whom Shall I Marry… An Earl or A Duke? to read the next book in Laura’s Tricking the Scoundrels series today.


Leveled Books (K-8)
  • Author : Irene C. Fountas,Gay Su Pinnell
  • Publisher : Heinemann Educational Books
  • Release Date : 2006
  • Category: Education
  • Pages : 276
  • ISBN Code: N.A

Summary: Fountas & Pinnell take you through every aspect of leveled books from how to select and use them for different instructional purposes to prototype descriptions for fiction and nonfiction books at each level.


The Bluestocking
  • Author : Christi Caldwell
  • Publisher : Montlake Romance
  • Release Date : 2019-05-07
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN Code: 9781503904071

Summary: Two damaged hearts learn there's a fine line between love and hate in a Wicked Wallflowers novel from USA Today bestselling author Christi Caldwell. Gertrude, the eldest Killoran sister, has spent a lifetime being underestimated--especially by her own family. She may seem as vulnerable as a kitten, but given the chance, she can be as fierce as a tiger. Her adopted brother, Stephen, has just been snatched back by his true father, and she'll be damned if she relinquishes the boy to the man reviled throughout London as the Mad Marquess. Still haunted by a deadly tragedy that left him publicly despised, Lord Edwin holds only hatred for the Killorans--the people he believes kidnapped his son. And not one of them will ever see the boy again. But when Gertrude forces her way into the household and stubbornly insists that she remain as Stephen's governess, Edwin believes he may have found someone madder than himself. With every moment he shares with the tenderhearted Gertrude, Edwin's anger softens into admiration...and more. Is it possible that the woman he loathed may be the only person who can heal his broken soul?


To Wed His Christmas Lady
  • Author : Christi Caldwell
  • Publisher : Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Release Date : 2018-01-24
  • Category:
  • Pages : 154
  • ISBN Code: 9781983846311

Summary: She's longing to be loved: Lady Cara Falcot has only served one purpose to her loathsome father-to increase his power through a marriage to the future Duke of Billingsley. As such, she's built protective walls about her heart, and presents an icy facade to the world around her. Journeying home from her finishing school for the Christmas holidays, Cara's carriage is stranded during a winter storm. She's forced to tarry at a ramshackle inn, where she immediately antagonizes another patron-William. He's avoiding his duty in favor of one last adventure: William Hargrove, the Marquess of Grafton has wanted only one thing in life-to avoid the future match his parents would have him make to a cold, duke's daughter. He's returning home from a blissful eight years of traveling the world to see to his responsibilities. But when a winter storm interrupts his trip and lands him at a falling-down inn, he's forced to share company with a commanding Lady Cara who initially reminds him exactly of the woman he so desperately wants to avoid. A Christmas snowstorm ushers in the spirit of the season: At the holiday time, these two people who despise each other due to first perceptions are offered renewed beginnings and fresh starts. As this gruff stranger breaks down the walls she's built about herself, Cara has to determine whether she can truly open her heart to trusting that any man is capable of good and that she herself is capable of love. And William has to set aside all previous thoughts he's carried of the polished ladies like Cara, to be the man to show her that love.


You Had Me at Hola
  • Author : Alexis Daria
  • Publisher : Avon Books
  • Release Date : 2020-07-08
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN Code: 9780062959928

Summary: "Soapy, smart and so sexy... with vibrant characters and electric chemistry comparable to the telenovelas that inspired it, you'll be thrilled You Had Me At Hola doesn't come with commercials!"--Sarah MacLean, New York Times bestselling author RITA® Award Winning author Alexis Daria brings readers an unforgettable, hilarious rom-com set in the drama-filled world of telenovelas--perfect for fans of Jane the Virgin and The Kiss Quotient. Leading Ladies do not end up on tabloid covers. After a messy public breakup, soap opera darling Jasmine Lin Rodriguez finds her face splashed across the tabloids. When she returns to her hometown of New York City to film the starring role in a bilingual romantic comedy for the number one streaming service in the country, Jasmine figures her new "Leading Lady Plan" should be easy enough to follow--until a casting shake-up pairs her with telenovela hunk Ashton Suárez. Leading Ladies don't need a man to be happy. After his last telenovela character was killed off, Ashton is worried his career is dead as well. Joining this new cast as a last-minute addition will give him the chance to show off his acting chops to American audiences and ping the radar of Hollywood casting agents. To make it work, he'll need to generate smoking-hot on-screen chemistry with Jasmine. Easier said than done, especially when a disastrous first impression smothers the embers of whatever sexual heat they might have had. Leading Ladies do not rebound with their new costars. With their careers on the line, Jasmine and Ashton agree to rehearse in private. But rehearsal leads to kissing, and kissing leads to a behind-the-scenes romance worthy of a soap opera. While their on-screen performance improves, the media spotlight on Jasmine soon threatens to destroy her new image and expose Ashton's most closely guarded secret.